The  Stroum Center for Jewish Studies and Holocaust Center for Humanity Excellence in Scholarship Prize is made possible through the generosity of donors to the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies in partnership with the Holocaust Center for Humanity.

The SCJS and HCH Scholarship Prize is given annually for an outstanding undergraduate student paper related to Holocaust Studies. The paper must be a work that critically engages with the central themes, lessons and ideas of the Holocaust in the time period leading up to, during, or in the aftermath of the Second World War.

We welcome papers that examine other cases of genocide, but the Holocaust and/or scholarship on the Holocaust must figure centrally in the argument. The paper may have been written for a UW class, for a UW-approved study abroad class, or for a UW independent study. Papers must have been written during the current or immediately past academic year.

The winning paper will be selected by a review committee consisting of Jewish Studies faculty and a representative from the Holocaust Center for Humanity.

The prize carries an award of $500 and will be presented at the Stroum Center Jewish Studies End of the Year Celebration in June. Winners are strongly encouraged to attend the celebration to accept their award.

Papers are accepted on a rolling basis. Deadline for submissions is May 15, 2020.

Papers must be submitted through this Google form. Faculty may submit on a student’s behalf by e-mailing a copy of the paper to Please be sure to include the student’s full name and e-mail address in the e-mail.


1. Applicants must be enrolled undergraduate students in good standing at the University of Washington
2. Papers must have been written for a course assignment or as part of a thesis
3. Papers must have been completed during the current or immediately past academic year
4. Papers may not exceed 10,000 words, including notes
5. Papers must be paginated and be properly formatted, using Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, and 1-inch margins
6. Papers must be submitted as Word documents or PDF and without the author’s name
7. Only one entry per student per year

If you have further questions, please contact Stroum Center Associate Director Sarah Zaides Rosen.

Note: The opinions expressed by faculty and students in our publications reflect the views of the individual writer only and not those of the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies.